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PJ Blogger and the staff of the Ridgewood blog Wish You a Very Happy ,Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving

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History of Veterans Day


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World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

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Ridgewood Library to Close in the Interest of Public Safety


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Ridgewood NJ, In the interest of public and staff safety, the Village of Ridgewood has decided to close the Ridgewood Library to the public effective
9pm on Thursday, March 12.
We will reassess conditions on Friday, March 20.

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Governor Phil Murphy Puts Focus on Historic Preservation Tax Credit as Part of Incentives Reform Package

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PATERSON NJ, the Bergen County Historical Society says, “This could be a game changer when it comes to historic preservation in NJ. Saving historic structures that provide communities their identities makes sense.”

On a street lined with former silk mills, only blocks away from the Great Falls of Paterson, Governor Phil Murphy detailed a new historic preservation tax credit program as part of his vision for incentives reform. The Historic Preservation Tax Credit will serve to revitalize and fully realize the potential of New Jersey’s storied cities and towns.

“50 Spruce Street is one of hundreds, if not thousands of similar buildings in our state that have vast unfulfilled potential and can be restored to their former glory and repurposed for modern day use,” said Governor Murphy. “Historic preservation tax credits have helped other states preserve and utilize their historic buildings. These beautiful structures are often hidden in plain sight and are waiting for the right investor. We are here to help with that.”

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5 Pieces of Love Advice for Couples in a New Relationship

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Ridgewood NJ, In the current times where everyone is busy trying to progress in various areas of their lives, maintaining a good relationship isn’t easy. If anything, it requires dedication, patience, focus and a lot of work. It’s even more demanding if you’re just starting out as a new relationship requires a lot of time to develop. But that doesn’t mean yours won’t succeed. You simply have to intentionally make an effort to see it work. So if you’re sourcing out for advice concerning your fresh love, then you have come to the right place. Get comfortable and keep scrolling.

Relax and Take It Easy

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It might seem impossible to keep calm amid all the emotions that you are feeling right now, but taking it easy is the best thing you can do. Yes, you might be scared of waking up one morning and realizing your partner doesn’t love you anymore, but will worrying stop time? Of course not. Instead, fear can turn you into a control freak, something that you don’t want to experience. It will even rob your peace and joy that you should be enjoying. Hence, learning to relax is the best way of getting to enjoy each other’s company.

Don’t Be Afraid To Take Off The Mask

Many people, find it hard to show their vulnerable side to someone else. While that’s absolutely normal, allowing someone else into your life means that you are ready to share your everything. And that includes both your strengths and weakness. Therefore, ensure that you start a relationship with someone you feel attracted to and are comfortable with, such that you can easily show your true colors.

Hence, it’s for this reason some people prefer consulting card readers about their love lives so that they be sure of how and when they will meet their soul mates. It’s all about being sure of your next step in life, so if that gives you confidence, then so be it. This article at phone reading from reveals the benefits of being in a two-way love relationship. Because being in one makes it very easy to act yourself, knowing very well that your partner will love you regardless.

Love Yourself

Both of you have to understand that you cannot give more than what you have. Therefore, contrary to common misconceptions, being in a relationship doesn’t mean that you forget all about yourself and focus on the other person. It actually means that you have to love and appreciate yourself much more so that you will have sufficient love to shower your loved one.

And by this, it doesn’t only mean your physical appearance. But rather an inward-outward kind of love. Take care of your soul and mind so that there is no baggage to pass on. Remember just like you, they’re also looking for someone to spend the rest of their lives with. Be intentionally that person.

Give Your 90%

Well, you might be asking, ” why 90% and not 100%?” The answer is pretty simple, you are allowed to be a little selfish at times. Once you have given out your 90%, have tried your best to understand the other person, putting most of their interests ahead of yours and being generous with your love, don’t be afraid to place yourself first at times. Be firm. Be bold. And always ensure that you are standing on the same page.

This might sound easy but putting it into practice isn’t at all. The secret behind this policy’s success is allowing yourself to feel that the other person is also giving 90%. After all, you aren’t dating yourself so it’s okay to be expectant.

Make Yourself Happy

It isn’t your partner’s responsibility to make you happy but rather yours. You see if you are already happy, then it’s easy for them to maintain or increase that happiness when they do things you like. But if you find yourself wanting your them to behave in a certain way so that you become happy, then that’s bondage and you both won’t like the end result. Yes, right now at the beginning of your relationship, they might seem happy all the time, but it will come a time when they have their moments and you don’t want to entirely place your happiness in their hands at that time.

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Ridgewood Village Council OK’s Plan to Improve Schedler Park

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July 25,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, lost in all the debate over school board elections  was that  the Village Council has  moved ahead with plans to develop the Schedler Park property ( 18-236 Approve Field Design for Schedler Park ).

The Village council approved a plan Wednesday night  to construct a multi-use athletic field, playground, a walking trail, bathrooms, and 44 more parking spaces to the tract of land on West Saddle River Road just off of  Route 17.

The athletic field will be the slimed down version , a 75 by 50 that could be used for soccer, lacrosse, and kickball games .


Schedler Park Back Ground Information:

Updated Schedler Grant Application Click Here
For the Bergen County response regarding the Schedler Grant Click Here
Below are the Site Development Plans prepared by the Ridgewood Engineering Department.
Click Here for Part 1A
Click Here for part 2B
Click Here for Part 3 C, D, E
Maps – Revisions
Schedler Map Rev 8 – October 7, 2015

Info Click Here for the Schedler Park and House Grant Timeline – as reported by the Village Manager at the September 16, 2015 Village Council Public Meeting. Wednesday, August 12th the Village Council discussed the use of the Schedler property.
They voted on the following resolutions:
Click Here for Schedler Property Resolution including House ,  Click Here for Resolution to apply for Schedler House Grant

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Ridgewood’s downtown and Graydon were featured in News 12’s “On the Road” segment

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July 22,2018

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Ridgewood Nj, Marcia Ringel  of The Preserve Graydon Coalition, reports in their latest eblast :

“We’re on TV! Ridgewood’s downtown and Graydon were featured in News 12’s “On the Road” segment last night.

The clip is only a few minutes long. Warning: the opening music is loud:

The first reporter, on a busy Friday night downtown, says he’s on Ridgefield Avenue. Oh well. But the second one, on site at Graydon, extols our village gem, praising its location in the center of town and noting its fortunate escape from a cemented fate. Thank you, everybody–our hard work that started precisely nine years ago, in July 2009, endures. Now it’s a blip in village history, as we had hoped.

Then the reporter jumps off the high dive, calling it “immersive journalism.”

The program shows the 1936 cornerstone of the historic skating shelter, located in the lower right corner of what became the badge office. The building and the low stone walls around the swimming area and tree were created as a WPA project in the 1930s. Fires in the fireplace in the shelter warmed cold skaters.

photo courtesy of Preserve Graydon

The cornerstone of Graydon’s first official building. An ice skating rink was created on the lake, used informally for that purpose for years, in December 1927. The site was adapted for swimming in July 1931. That’s 87 years (and counting) of summer fun. “

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Summer has arrived! The Farmer’s Market in Ridgewood is open Every Sunday

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July 2,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, the summer has arrived . The Ridgewood Farmer’s Market is now open from June 24th to November 18, 2018
Sundays from 9:00am to 3:00pm (weather permitting)

Enjoy Farm to Table fresh Produce!

The Ridgewood Train Station Parking Lot West Side

For more information contact the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce Office at (201)445-2600 or email us at

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Village of Ridgewood Parks

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Citizen’s Park
Located at the corner of Godwin Avenue and North Monroe Street. Citizen’s Park includes a softball field, multipurpose field, a small sided softball field, an open play area, benches and gardens.

Dunham Trail
Located between Grove Street and Spring Avenue along the Ho Ho Kus brook and the public service right-of-way. Dunham Trail is one of the Village wildscape areas.

On Dunham trail look for:
Sycamores and a wild cherry tree with shiny gray bark.
Triassic Sandstone, like that used to build Manhattan’s brownstones.
A linden tree wrapped in Poison Ivy rope.
Springtime Dogtooth Violets, False Solomon’s Seal, Spring Beauties, Yellow Primroses, Pink Japanese Knotweed, and the biggest patch of Canadian Mayflowers in Ridgewood.
Graydon Park
Located on the corner of North Maple Avenue and Linwood Avenue. Graydon Park offers a hockey court, skateboard park, basketball courts, swimming, ice-skating, picnic area, shuffleboard, children’s playground, shelter, and restrooms. Click on the following link to find all that Graydon Pool has to offer – Graydon Pool website.

Grove Park
Located on the south side of Grove Street, just west of the Saddle River. This is one of Ridgewood’s wildscape areas, which include nature trails for walking.

In the 32 acres of beech forest and field that make up Grove Park, you will find:
Spring flowers that bloom between April and May before they disappear when the shade thickens.
The tulip poplars are the tallest and straightest trees in the wooded area.
You can look for the honeycombs located on top of the bee tree.
Turkey Tails and fungi can be found on fallen logs.
Kings Pond Park
Located off Lakeview Drive by the Midland Park border. Kings Pond Park offers a natural wildlife area, ice-skating, when permitted, and nature trails for walking. Kings Pond and Gypsy Pond offer a great variety of birds and mammal life.

In the parks you can also find:
Large glacial rocks at Park entrance are Canadian Shield Boulders.
Along the railroad track, wild azalea (pinxter) bloom.
Bracket fern and fiddleheads abound in the woods.
Ducks, Canada Geese and over 40 species of birds live here.
Wild garlic and mustard are abundant.
The general depth of the ponds is about 3 feet.
Leuning Park
Located on the corner of Northern Parkway and Meadowbrook Avenue. Leuning Parks offers an open play area.

Irene Habernickel Family Park
Located at 1037 Hillcrest Road in the northern most corner of the Village, this ten-acre park property has an abundance of mature trees. These trees help to define various areas of the property.

This special park property offers an opportunity for both passive and active recreation through the balance of wide open space, ball fields, natural areas, and a one-acre pond.
In the development stage; plans are to revive the dam and bridge area, install a children’s playground, multi-purpose fields, several walking trails and an arboretum complete with gardens.

This new park is soon to include nature programs as well as other passive opportunities as wildlife prevail such as mammals, reptiles and assorted birds.

Maple Park
Located on the corner of Meadowbrook Avenue and Northern Parkway. Maple Park offers one of Ridgewood wildscape areas as well as a community garden (Link to community garden page), part of the fitness trail (link to the parcourse fitness circuit page), benches, flowers, and nature trails. A regulation turf field hosts soccer, lacross and softball year round.
On the west and east banks of the Ho-Ho-Kus brook between Graydon Pool and Meadowbrook Avenue.

In Maple Park, look for:
A 70-year-old wisteria tree.
One of the largest stands of red cedar in this part of New Jersey.
A Porcupine (Sweet Gum) Tree.
A half dozen of different varieties of fern.
Fig-leaf magnolias with thin graceful leaves.
An herb garden.
On the east side of the brook, delicate grasses, berry bushes, and wild flowers that attract butterflies and birds of many descriptions.
North Road Park
Located on North Road, off of Glen Avenue east of Route 17. This is a natural wildlife area.

Pleasant Park
Located at the end of Stevens Avenue, behind Hawes School. Pleasant Park also offers one of the Village’s wildscape areas.

Pleasant Park offers a natural wildlife area, which includes:
Fallen “nurse” logs, nourishing many insects, lichens, ferns and fungi.
Green beggar ticks, jewelweed, ragweed, and purple loosestrife, all in the late summer.
Quaking aspen trees, with flat leaf stems (petioles) that quiver in the breeze.
New York ferns and lady ferns.
Grape vines.
Sassafras or “mitten” trees, whose name comes from the shape of the leaf.
A tree trunk shaped like a giraffe.
A wide variety of birds reside in this wooded community, which makes for excellent bird watching.
Schedler Property
This recent open space purchase is located between Route 17 and West Saddle River Road with development plans yet to be determined.

Twinney Pond Park
Located at the north end of Red Birch Court. Twinney pond offers a wildlife area, nature trails and ice-skating.

At Twinney Pond Park, this three foot deep kettle pond created by glaciers, you can see the following:
Sunfish as they sweep clean spots on the pond floor to make nests.
Shaggy Birches, Pin Oaks, and Locust Trees.
Veronica, they look like tiny orchids on the ground.
Button Bushes that will produce white pompoms this summer.
Dragonflies, with clear wings outspread, and Damsel Flies, with wings swept back and colored.
The life cycle of a tadpole.
Ice skating when the weather and ice permits.
Memorial Park at Van Neste Square
Located at East Ridgewood Avenue between Walnut Street and Oak Street. Van Neste offers a relaxing location in the center of town. Located in the park are the War Memorial Monument, benches, and gardens.

Veteran’s Field
Located at the corner of Linwood Avenue and Northern and Parkway. Veteran’s field is home to softball fields, hardball fields, multipurpose fields, running track, fitness circuit, amphitheater, open play area, and restrooms. The walking track is 0.452 miles around.

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15-month old Girl Trapped in Car for Over One hour after Live Electric Wires fell on her Parent’s Parked SUV in Ridgewood

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may 26,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, A 15-month old girl was trapped in her car seat for over one (1) hour after live electric wires fell on her parent’s parked SUV when tree limb broke off and fell to the ground. The incident occurred in front of 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood late Friday afternoon, 05/25. The unharmed girl was safely removed from the vehicle and reunited with her parents after a PSE&G technician cut power to the area. Ridgewood Police, Fire Department, Emergency Services, and OEM personnel responded to the incident.

Ridgewood Police reported that power to the east side of town would be restored by 8:00pm. PSE&G was clearing wires from a tree that fell in front of the YMCA on Oak Street.

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Pro Arte Chorale Presents “Masters of Baroque” on June 3rd


May 18,2018

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Ridgewood NJ , Join Pro Arte in the last concert of the season, and the last concert with 2017 Grammy nominated Maestro Steven Fox. “Masters of Baroque” – Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel Coronation Anthems. This will be a spectacular concert featuring members of Clarion Orchestra, NYC, and Soloists Esteli Gomez and Mikki Sodergren. Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event, or discounted tickets online:
For more info or 201-497-8400.

June 3, 4pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood NJ


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Fender Bender Leaves Car on the Sidewalk in Ridgewood’s Central Business District

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May 14,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, For the second time in less than 48 hours, a motor vehicle accident resulted in a passenger car mounting a busy sidewalk in Ridgewood’s Central Business District. The most recent incident occurred in front of 32 South Broad Street, Ridgewood, on Sunday evening, 05/13. Miraculously, no injuries were reported in the mishap despite the sidewalk having been crowded with dozens of restaurant patrons celebrating Mothers Day out. Both damaged vehicles were removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. Ridgewood PD is investigating the crash.

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Jeff Voigt’s change of heart on the Ridgewood blog

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April 10,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, a big thank you to Saurabh Dani for pointing out Jeff Voigt’s change of heart on the Ridgewood blog . If you don’t like “nasty anonymous posters ” , the staff suggest that you and all your coconspirators quit making them. Its just that simple .

Jeff Voigt – two years ago, vs today. One screen shot is from two years ago from his views on the blog. The lead  one is from few days ago from his letter to the editor in Ridgewood News.

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Driver Rushed to Hackensack University Center after Colliding with a Pole in Ridgewood

Driver Rushed to Hackensack University Center after Colliding with a Pole in Ridgewood

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April 3, 2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The driver of a 4-door Hyundai sedan was transported by ambulance to Hackensack University Center’s main campus after crashing her vehicle into a utility pole located in front of 414 Linwood Avenue, Ridgewood on Monday afternoon, 04/02. Ridgewood Police, Fire department, and EMS personnel responded to aid the victim. A paramedic team from The Valley Hospital assisted Ridgewood EMTs with patient evaluation and care. The wrecked Hyundai was removed from the scene by a hydraulic lift tow truck. A representative from PSE&G’s Electric Division responded to assess damage to the pole and attached infrastructure. The victim’s injuries appeared to have been non life threatening.